How one makes moral decisions is something that I spent a lot of my time earlier this year thinking about as I felt like I’d lost my way a bit and was also paralysed by not knowing how to do better. I’d come across the trolley problem before which basically…


I had really high hopes for my Human Sciences degree. I didn’t hear about it until I was at the Oxford interview for another subject — a Hum Sci first year started explaining to me the fantastic array of subjects she studies, I was absolutely blown away and decided right…


A lot of people I meet are very passionate about particular causes, and I always find it really interesting to dig into the “why?” Sometimes it’s a personal experience — my education got me really far and therefore education is “a good thing”. Or sometimes it’s a sense of the…


Having had several late night conversations about the ‘rightness / wrongness’ of having multiple partners at once (I mean polyamory not threesomes), I decided to look into the research. There is very little research on polyamory (being in multiple consensual intimate relationships) per se but much more on sexual non-monogamy…


A few years ago I set myself the goal of understanding human behaviour within 10 years. I was really keen on the question of what makes us human and so I’ve been looking for universal patterns to form theories about ‘the typical human’.

The past year has shown me I’ve…


I’ve dedicated most of the last 6 years trying to figure out this species of ours, and I’ve recently started to wonder whether it’s ultimately a thankless task (sparked mostly by reading Harari’s ‘Homo Deus’ which I very much recommend).

The difference between humans and other research subjects is that…


So this next blog post is about decisions under uncertainty which are, let’s face it, much more likely than decisions involving certain outcomes. …


Having reached a point in my life last year of any combination of diverging paths in many yellow woods, I thought it was worth investing in learning how to make decisions. After all, I’m expecting to meet quite a few of them in life. ;) This blog post is the…


So I started this post as preparation for a meeting on how to use behavioural insights to improve the design of social enterprises. It kind of turned into applying behavioural insights to social entrepreneurs themselves as a way to understand why they make these design ‘errors’ and why so many…


Knowledge

I’ve always had a difficult relationship with knowledge. I’m strongly adverse to uncertainty and in the past have sought some certainty to cling on to — something which would explain this crazy world to me. I’m gradually coming to terms with some certainty that there is no one discipline…

Vicky Clayton

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